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Comprehensive Health Education

Comprehensive Sexuality Education

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comprehensive Sexuality Education - Short version

Legislative, Policy & Program Standards

ADOLESCENT HEALTH CARE

 

PREAMBLE: NYSCAP has adopted and recommends that all of the following standards be applied to any legislation, policies, and programs related to Adolescent Health Care.

 

GOAL:  To ensure that all young people are afforded medical, emotional and social well-being.

 

STANDARDS:

  • Services are comprehensive and focus on prevention as well as treatment concerns.

  • Services are accessible and affordable.

  • Services are comfortable and welcoming to young people.

  • Services are delivered with privacy and respect for the individual in mind.

  • Services must ensure the availability of caring and knowledgeable adults for young people to talk to regarding health decisions.

  • Services must include counseling for adolescents on how to talk with parents and other caring adults about health decisions.

  • Services should educate and train parents to talk to their children.

  • Services for at risk youth must include family life education and family planning.

  • Services contain no procedures or requirements that result in the delay of the provision of services.

  • Services work to help teens make decisions that take into account cultural, moral, and religious upbringing.

 

With respect to sexual and reproductive health care services, the following additional standards apply:

 

  • Services protect the adolescents’ rights to secure and authorize medical reproductive services.

  • Services contain no age limitations or restrictions.

  • Services promote but do not mandate communication with parents.

 

SEXUALITY EDUCATION

 

PREAMBLE:  NYSCAP has adopted and recommends the application of the following for all legislation, policies  and programs related to sexuality education.

 

GOAL:  To ensure that all young people are knowledgeable and able to make informed decisions regarding  sexuality, relationships and life choices.

 

STANDARDS:

All communities and their schools must adopt and implement sexuality education, support services and programs, which meet the following standards:

  • They are comprehensive (including human development, sexuality, abstinence, and reproductive health and contraception).

  • They reflect contemporary society.

  • They respect diversity of cultures, lifestyles and changing families.

  • They are developmentally appropriate.

  • They span pre-K through 12th grade and are presented sequentially.

  • They offer programs that support parents as the primary sex educators of their children.

  • They offer programs that deal with safe and healthy relationships and the prevention of abuse.

  • They ensure presenters who are knowledgeable, comfortable, approachable, non-judgmental, accessible, willing and accurate.

  • They are evidenced-based or promising: that is, programs have demonstrated effectiveness to change sexual risk-taking behavior over time, or they include characteristics of effective programs.

ADOLESCENT HEALTH CARE

PREAMBLE: NYSCAP has adopted and recommends that all of the following standards be applied to any legislation, policies, and programs related to Adolescent Health Care.

 

GOAL:  To ensure that all young people are afforded medical, emotional and social well-being.

STANDARDS:

· Services are:

- Comprehensive and focus on prevention as well as treatment concerns.

- Accessible and affordable.

- Comfortable and welcoming to young people.

- Delivered with privacy and respect for the individual in mind.

- Ensure the availability of caring and knowledgeable adults for young people to talk to regarding health decisions.

- Include counseling for adolescents on how to talk with parents and other caring adults about health decisions.

- Educate and train parents to talk to their children.

- Services for at risk youth must include family life education and family planning.

- Services contain no procedures or requirements that result in the delay of the provision of services.

- Services work to help teens make decisions that take into account cultural, moral, and religious upbringing.

SEXUALITY EDUCATION

PREAMBLE:  NYSCAP has adopted and recommends the application of the following for all legislation, policies  and programs related to sexuality education.

 

GOAL:  To ensure that all young people are knowledgeable and able to make informed decisions regarding  sexuality, relationships and life choices.

STANDARDS:

All communities and their schools must adopt and implement sexuality education, support services and programs, which meet the following standards:

They are: 

- Comprehensive (including human development, sexuality, abstinence, and reproductive health and contraception).

- Reflective of contemporary society.

- Respectful of diverse cultures, lifestyles and changing families.

- Developmentally appropriate.

- Span pre-K through 12th grade and are presented sequentially.

- Offer programs that support parents as the primary sex educators of their children.

- Offer programs that deal with safe and healthy relationships and the prevention of abuse.

- Ensure presenters who are knowledgeable, comfortable, approachable, non-judgmental, accessible, willing and accurate.

- evidenced-based or promising: that is, programs have demonstrated effectiveness to change sexual risk-taking behavior over time, or they include characteristics of effective programs.

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